Not exactly festive but if you want festive, best to head to the malls packed with shoppers and decked in tinsel and twinkly lights. Have a good Christmas in the company of good friends and family my handful of readers wherever you are !
And I’ve missed you so very much. Looks like I just might head your way before the end of the year. Thrilled even if it’s in the dead of winter (will probably live to regret this) and just for a few days. Wheee !
I picked up some flowers the other day after work, inspired by Angela who had designed and arranged the very lovely (and reasonably-priced) hand bouquets and boutonnières for my wedding celebration. For those of you in Singapore who have a wedding coming your way soon, definitely consider scheduling an appointment to talk flowers with Angela. She was great to work with and has amazing aesthetics to boot.
I haven’t managed to take too many photos in Singapore this time, which is quite unlike my usual self. I’ll blame it on the tight schedule where I practically had to run from appointments to errands to family dinners. Not surprisingly, the few I have are all of food, heh.
Think I ate yong tau foo about three times in the span of one week, this was my first bowl with mommy at her favorite stall. I don’t think I can ever get sick of yong tau foo, I would eat it everyday if I could.
Feasting at the family’s favorite hawker centre in Bedok (not Blk 85), about a 10-15 minute walk from home. Delicious BBQ stingray, satay, steamed prawns, BBQ chicken wings, even kuay chap if we want… what more can we ask for ?
A little snack while waiting for my family to arrive at Blk 85, my hawker centre of choice for meet ups with friends. Sorry #4, will make it up to you next or next, next time !
Steamed rabbit fish (or peh dou he, as we Teochews call it) doesn’t look very appetizing but trust me it is, especially with a dip of roughly chopped garlic, chilli, ginger, light soy sauce and a dash of lime. Comfort food that goes best with porridge or rice.
Not greedy (ok maybe a little) but this is what happens when you don’t have time for two separate meals of Hainanese chicken rice and mee hoon kueh. I’ve yet to come across well-made chicken rice chilli dips in Hong Kong that pack a fiery punch even though it’s relatively easier to find chicken rice there (than in Shanghai). Sigh !
We held our wedding celebration in Singapore last week, graced by a cozy bunch of family and close friends. We got really lucky weather-wise as grey ominous clouds and downpours had marked most of the week prior.
Glad that everything turned out well after months of preparations just the way we hope, with a good mix of formalities, customs (hello, bride-fetching games, tea ceremony !) and casual fun. No champagne towers or dress changes, I wore the same wedding dress and ate and drank and mingled with everyone through the night, plus a bit of dancing to music from a self-compiled playlist.
So yes, we’re out of the sort-of married twilight zone finally ! Time to unpack my luggage (I miss Singapore already) and a little break before part two of the celebrations with the other side of the family next year.
p.s. Oh, the paper cut-out above was done by my superbly crafty cousin A at past 12am the night before the wedding, just four hours before the photographer, make up/ hair stylist, family and friends were due to arrive. Yes we were thaat last minute, ahaha.
p.p.s. From the husband to a friend who couldn’t join us: “La celebration s’est tres bien passee, j’ai pleure pendant mon discours et je suis malade depuis hier, bref tout va bien.” And that’s exactly how we started the first day of the rest of our lives.